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Testing & Counseling

HIV CONTENT NOTICE: This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Since HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, prevention messages and programs may address these topics. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this website.

PROCEED provides free and confidential HIV testing, education, and counseling to more than 3,000 clients annually. With a persistent attitude and a humble outlook, experienced staff members conduct outreach activities that lead to long-term relationships with communities at high risk for HIV/AIDS in Union and Essex Counties. 

HIV testing and counseling sessions can take place at either our Dickinson Street office, or in the community using our mobile vans.






What do I need to know about accessing PROCEED HIV testing services?

  • Individuals are encouraged to take the first step, and walk in for testing and counseling services; no appointment or application is necessary.
  • Testing and counseling is offered between 12pm and 7pm
  • To reach those who may not know about our services or hesitant to contact us, our outreach team goes out into the community daily to offer free HIV testing and counseling in our mobile testing units. 

What is provided as part of the HIV testing process?
Regardless of where the session takes place, the following services are provided to each individual:

  • Education on risk levels and risk-reduction programs on how to protect oneself and one's partners 
  • Information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle whether or not you are living with HIV/AIDS, including how to develop habits that help keep others safe.
  • Linkage to appropriate medical resources and social services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS

For more information on PROCEED’s HIV testing and counseling services or to receive a test, please call Dr. Elizabeth Piñero at 908-351-7727 ext. 251.


Other HIV Prevention Programs

COPA: Community Organized to Prevent AIDS

COPA services are available for residents of the Elizabeth community, particularly at-risk African American and Latino women, high risk Latinos in general, and people living with HIV/AIDS. These individuals are sought out through intensive community outreach from one of PROCEED’s vans. Through COPA, they have the opportunity to receive services ranging from on-site HIV testing to community-wide educational programs.

Specific services offered include:

  • On-site Alere testing
  • Pre- and post-test counseling
  • Support groups
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Comprehensive risk counseling and services
  • Health seminars
  • Referrals to additional services
  • Hepatitis C
  • Linkage to Care

For more information on PROCEED’s HIV testing and counseling services or to receive a test, please call Tania Zurita at 908-351-7727 ext. 277.


CHIPP: Community High Impact Prevention Program & PROCEED Protected

CHIPP & PROCEED Protected reach out to individuals residing in Union and Essex who use injection drugs, share needles, or have multiple sex partners. These programs work to reduce HIV, Hepatitis, and STI transmission among these populations by providing thorough prevention services. 

Specific services offered include:

  • On-site Alere  testing
  • Pre- and post- test counseling
  • Prevention information
  • Health and risk-reduction education
  • Community-wide programs
  • Referrals and linkage to drug treatment options, such as methadone maintenance programs, detox programs, inpatient and outpatient treatment, medical care, and social services
  • Hepatitis C
  • Linkage to Care

For more information on any of PROCEED’s HIV prevention programs or to receive an HIV test, please call Dr. Elizabeth Piñero at 908-351-7727 ext. 251 or visit our office located at 1126 Dickinson Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201 between 12pm - 7pm, Monday through Friday.